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Church Stretton Rugby Club prepare for Oswestry away test tonight
CHURCH Stretton Samurais Rugby Club chief Martyn Longhurst is confident ahead of tonight’s (Thursday) trip to Oswestry.
Longhurst, Stretton’s director of rugby, was delighted with his side’s display in their first-ever match last week against Bishops Castle.
Stretton, the newest rugby club in North Midlands, put up a fine performance in a 19-8 home defeat against rivals Bishops Castle.
Centre Ashley Passant scored Stretton’s firstever points with a penalty in the first quarter.
And centre Matt Pheby thrilled the large crowd at Church Stretton School with the new club’s first try in the final period of play.
Longhurst said: “Every player gave 100 per cent and it was a good workout for both teams.
“We have a few players to come back from injury and holiday who will add experience to a predominantly young side.
“We finished the final quarter strongly, camped in the opposition 22 and scored our first try, which was essential in building momentum for our game at Oswestry.”
He added: “There was lots to build on and we are looking forward to the rest of the season, starting with Oswestry.”
Stretton intend to play a full prog ramme of friendly matches this season before submitting an application to join the league structure next year.
Stretton club president Barrie Oxtoby said: “We were honoured by the mayor of Church Stretton, councillor Michael Braid, who proposed a toast to us and also senior Rugby Football Union officials from the North Midlands re gion who came along and made short speeches to congratulate us.”